While the 1970 Magdelaine is something of an old friend, I had never had the pleasure to taste the 1966 prior to the vertical tasting I organized with friends back in late 2006 for the original article on the property. Subsequent to the printing of that article, I have had the good fortune to taste the ’66 on a quite few other occasions and the bottles have all been superior to the example I originally reported on and it seems now quite likely that I underrated this wine a fair bit (though I should note that the most recent bottle in March was more like the first example I tasted back in late ‘06 for the first article). The most recent pristine bottle of the 1966 Magdelaine (of which I have had several now) offers up a beautifully transparent and perfumed bouquet of sweet red and black cherries, blood orange, summer truffles, chocolate, a touch of menthol, a simply glorious base of chalky soil, a nice touch of meatiness, smoke and St. Émilion nutskins. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and intensely flavored, with a great core of fruit, impeccable focus and balance and stunning length and grip on the softly tannic and nicely tangy finish. After an initial bottle of the ’66 that was nearing the end of its apogee, it is reassuring to cross paths with so many excellent bottles of the 1966 Magdelaine, which remains a vibrant and absolutely lovely example of the vintage, provided one can find well-stored bottles. (Drink between 2014-2035)
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